Current committee service

David currently chairs the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade (JSCFADT), and is also a voting member on the following parliamentary committees:

  • Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security, responsible for oversight of Australia’s six intelligence agencies and national security legislation;
  • Joint Standing Committee on Treaties;
  • Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade;
  • Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee, covering the Attorney-General’s and Immigration and Border Protection portfolios;
  • Senate Standing Committee on Appropriations, Staffing and Security; and
  • Senate Standing Committee for Selection of Bills.

Committees are a key part of how the Parliament obtains and reviews information on a vast range of topics.

Senate committees are particularly important in holding the government and public service to account through public inquiries on policy questions.

Past committee service

Prior to the 2016 Federal Election, David served in the 44th Parliament as Deputy Government Whip in the Senate, as Chair of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services (Joint Corporations), and as Chair of the JSCFADT’s Defence Sub-Committee.

During David’s tenure as chair, these committees conducted key inquiries into lifting the professional, ethical and education standards of the financial services industry and how Australia might expand its sovereign defence industry through increased exports.

Recommendations from these inquiries form the basis for important reforms of the financial services sector and Defence’s relationship with Australian industry. The Australian Government is implementing these reforms through legislative and policy measures, including the Professional Standards for Financial Advisers Bill 2016 and the Defence Industry Policy Statement.